The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

We’ll see what minor leaguers get called up now that rosters expand.

AAA: SWB won 6-4. CF Ben Gamel 2 h, HR, 2 RBI (.304-10-61). 2B Dustin Ackley on rehab 3 hits, solo HR. He looks ready. DH Rob Refsnyder 2 doubles, rbi. RF Aaron Judge 2 hits,  rbi.

AA:   Trenton lost 4-1. C Francisco Arcia with two of Trenton’s five hits.

High A: Tampa lost 10-6. 1B Mike Ford 2 h, HR, 2 RBI. C Wes Wilson 2 rbi. Four others with two hits each.

A: Charleston split a DH.

Game 1: Lost 6-1, getting just four hits.

Game 2: Won 1-0. 1B Isaias Tejeda 3 for 3 with the RBI.

Game 130. Yanks lose to Boston 4-3, fail to gain ground on Toronto.

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The Yankees were edged by Boston last night 4-3 and failed to gain ground on Toronto, who lost to Cleveland. The 72-58 Yanks remain 1 1/2 behind the Blue Jays as we head into September. The Yanks still have a comfortable lead for the wild card.

After scoring 15 Friday against the Braves and 20 Sunday against the Braves, the Yanks stranded 14. They just couldn’t get the big hit.

Didi Gregorius’ bases-loaded drive with two out in the top of the ninth fell just short, and was caught on the warning track. Prior to making the last out, Didi had gone 4 for 4. He has raised his batting average to .269.

The Yanks stranded 14 in the game. They had their chances. In the first, they loaded the bases with one out but got only one run out of it on a Carlos Beltran SF.

Mookie Betts hit a 2-run HR for Boston in the third to put them up 2-1.

In the fourth, the Yanks once again loaded the bases with no one out and got just one run out of it on a Didi Gregorius’ single. The inning ended when Greg Bird was thrown out at the plate trying to score on an Ellsbury line out to left. Bad send by the third base coach? Bird was out by plenty.

Ivan Nova gave up a HR to Yankee killer David Ortiz (#495 of his career) in the bottom of the fourth to make it 3-2 Boston. I have said this time and time again. How come no one dusts Ortiz off? They let him dig in. Think Gibson or Drysdale back in the day would let him dig in? No. They would have dusted him off the plate. I NEVER see any pitcher dust him off. Why not? Grow a pair and dust him off. It’s called pitching. It’s part of the game. Not headhunting, I don’t go for that, but aim one at his front hip. Make him move. No one ever does that. Yes, it bothers me. Pitchers need to grow a pair. Establish that inside corner and back him off. Heck Ortiz just missed a second HR off of Nova later in the game.

The Yanks had bases loaded, two out in the fifth. Bird struck out. A-Rod stranded two in the sixth.

Boston tacked on a run in the seventh to make it 4-2.

1st and 3rd, one out in the 8th, Ellsbury GIDP.

In the ninth, Drew singled and A-Rod walked. Murphy PR for Alex. Beltran struck out. McCann walked to load the bases with one out. Headley walked to force in a run and make it 4-3, bases loaded, one out. Bird struck out, then Didi hit the long flyout to end the game. In Yankee Stadium, it’s a grand slam. In Fenway, wrong part of the ballpark.

Nova (L, 5-7, 4.50) 6 IP, 3R, 7 H, 1 walk and 3 K.
Warren 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.26
Shreve 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 1 K. 1.89.

Teixeira won’t be with the team in Boston. He went back to NY for more tests on that bone bruise in his leg.

Today is September 1. We see who comes up now that rosters expand.

The Minors

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Sorry, was busy, no minor league report yesterday.

AAA: SWB  won 2-0. Chris Capuano, Johnny Barbato & Nick Goody combined on the shutout.  DH Rob Refsnyder 2 h, rbi.

AA: Trenton lost 2-0. 3B Rob Segedin two of Trenton’s five hits.

High A: Tampa was up 3-0 in the fourth when the game was suspended due to rain.

A: Charleston rained out.

Game 129. Yanks put up 20 as they sweep the Braves.

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Nathan Eovaldi didn’t have his A game, but he didn’t have to have it to go to 14-2 as the Yanks hung a 20-spot on the Braves to sweep their weekend series with a 20-6 win on Sunday.

Jacoby Ellsbury had a 3-run HR (7). Chase Headley a 2-run HR (10) and Stephen Drew a 2-run blast (16) in the drubbing.

Drew got his average over .200 with a 4 for 4 day with 4 RBI.

Ellsbury had 3 rbi, and Headley was 3 for 3 with 4 rbi. A-Rod had a PH 2-run single and even pitcher Brandon Pinder had an RBI double.

1B Greg Bird had 2 hits and 2 RBI. The Yanks banged out 21 hits.

The win puts the Yanks at 72-57 and keeps them 1 1/2 behind Toronto in the AL East. The Yanks are safe for the wild card spot.

Eovaldi (W, 14-2, 4.17) 5 IP, 5 R, 8 h, 2 walks and 7 K.
Warren 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.19
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 1.95
Pinder 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 3 walks and 3 K. 2.70
Mitchell 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.86

In Saturday’s game, a fan fell out of the upper deck and was killed. This sad occurence happened in the seventh inning.

Game 128. Severino ace-like again in Yanks’ 3-1 win.

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Those damn Blue Jays seem to be putting up 10 runs a game every game.

The Yanks kept pace today, 1 1/2 out, with a 3-1 win over Atlanta.

Luis Severino has just five MLB starts, but would any of you deny him a postseason start? The kid has been fabulous, and may be the ace of the Yankees’ staff, (yes, above Tanaka or Pineda) even sooner than anyone expected. Which is good. The ace? Under team control? An ace under team control salary-wise? Someone you are NOT paying $20 MM a year for? Who is under 25 years old? What a bargain!

In five MLB starts, Severino is 2-2, 2.17. He should probably be 4-0 but hasn’t received much run support. Five starts. 2.17 ERA. 21 years old. WOW! (Even though he made a couple of outs, the kid was ok with the bat tonight, too!) 

In the first, Ellsbury doubled but after a couple of two -out walks, it took a WP to score him.

It stayed 1-0 until the top of the seventh when back to back doubles by Headley and Gregorius made it 2-0.

The Braves got a run in the bottom of the seventh, but a McCann double made it 3-1, the final score.

Severino (W, 2-2, 2.17) 6 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 3 walks 5 K.
Wilson 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.23
Betances 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2H,  1 walks, 2 K. 1.34
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. (28th save)   1.94.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB beat LV 7-2. Kyle Haines (6) and Chris Martin (2) combined for eight shutout innings. 1B Kyle Roller with a triple, HR, 2 RBI. C Austin Romine 3 hits, 2 rbi. C Gary Sanchez on the DL with a hamstring injury. RF/3B Jose Pirela 3 hits,RBI. Rehabbing LF Dustin Ackley 2 hits. Two others with two hits each.

AA:   Trenton lost 3-2. Jaron Long the hard-luck losing pitcher. 3B Cito Culver two hits.

High A: Tampa won 9-3. Jordan Montgomery six no-hit shutout innings, 8 K. RF Mike O’Neill (Paul’s nephew) single,double, HR, 3 RBI. C Kyle Higashioka 2 for 2, solo HR, 2 walks. INF Abital Avelino 2 hits, 35th SB. CF Dustin Fowler 4 rbi.

A: Charleston lost 5-4. SS Angel Aguilar 2 h, double, Hr, 2 Rbi. 2h, rbi for 1B Isaias Tejeda. Two others with two hits each.

Game 127. An A for Didi. Yanks rout Braves 15-4.

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The Yanks (70-57) broke out of their offensive funk on Friday night and stayed 1 1/2 games behind Toronto in the AL East with a 15-4 spanking of the Atlanta Braves.

Didi Gregorius led the charge with four hits and six RBI.

The Yanks scored five runs in the first inning on a 2-run double by Chase Headley and Gregorius’ seventh HR of the season, a 3-run blow.

Masahiro Tanaka was shaky early on, but settled in to give seven innings of work. Tanaka gave up two runs in the first but the Yanks bounced right back with four in the second to go up 9-2. Bird and Headley each drew bases loaded walks and Didi smacked a two-run single.

Tanaka gave up a gopher ball in the third. 9-3 Yanks.

The Yanks got four runs in the eighth to go up 13-3. Brian McCann, back in his old stomping grounds, hit a 3-run HR (23) and Didi followed later that inning with an RBI single.

In the ninth, Chris Young hit a solo HR (14) and McCann added a SF. 15-3.

Brian Mitchell, just brought back off the DL after that liner to his schnozz, gave up a run in the bottom of the ninth. 15-4.

3 hits for Beltran, 4 RBI for McCann, 3 RBI for Headley, 4 hits and 6 RBI for Didi.

Tanaka (W, 10-6, 3.62) 7 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 7 K.
Wilson 2/3 iP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 3.09
Mitchell 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H , 1 walk and 0 k. 4.03.